Having had a chance to reflect on his incredible Wimbledon, Roger Federer has admitted that even he is “incredibly surprised” at how well the year has been going for him.
After losing in the Wimbledon semi-finals last year Federer took six months off. He then won the Australian Open and went on to win Indian Wells, Miami and Halle before his 19th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon.
After his latest victory Federer said, “Honestly I’m incredibly surprised how well this year is going, how well I’m feeling, as well, how things are turning out to be on the courts, how I’m managing tougher situations, where my level of play is on a daily basis. I am surprised that it’s this good.”
While he said that this year has been “incredible” he also conceded that he has no idea how long it will last and that he will continue to be careful to put his health first in the hope of extending his good form.
Federer, who is just a few weeks off turning 36, became the oldest Wimbledon champion in the modern era. He said that during his time away from the game he consulted with his team about returning to the top.
“I did ask the question sincerely, to everybody on my team, if they thought I could win majors again or if I could win the biggest tournaments or if I could win against the best on a regular basis,” he said.
He said that they told him that if he is at full health, well prepared and enthusiastic then “anything’s possible”.
Federer first won at Wimbledon in 2003 and his latest victory takes him clear of Pete Sampras who was the most successful men’s player at Wimbledon until now.